More and more artists are collaborating in order to blend styles as well as to add a little edge to their music. Over the past few months, we’ve seen forces teaming up like never before. This summer, “Bang Bang” by Jessie J featured Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, blending sweet with fierce, Beyonce’s “***FLAWLESS” Remix also showcased Nicki Minaj, and Iggy Azalea called on Charli XCX for “Fancy”, which was hit of the summer. After the release of “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift and “I’m Not The Only One” by Sam Smith, I think these two artists would do well to do some collaborations of their own.
It’s no secret that TSwift and Lorde are best friends — they can be spotted posing and laughing together at countless awards shows as well as sticking up for each other on Twitter against certain DJs. The release of 1989, Taylor’s official pop album, gained many positive reviews especially with singles “Shake It Off” and “Blank Space” receiving much love over the summer. What struck me about “Blank Space”, however, was how much it didn’t sound like a classic Taylor Swift song. Whereas “Shake It Off” was her ultimate “you do you” anthem, “Blank Space” was something completely different. To me, it initially sounded like a song Lorde would have produced. With the minimalistic and lucid music and the harmony during the bridge, it’s very characteristically Lorde, even though she probably would’ve chosen different lyrics. Regardless, “Blank Space”, both the audio and the music video, continue to get a lot of adoration so clearly people are into it. I think if the two of them were ever to team up, first, the world would stop. Then, the world would love it.
When I first heard “I’m Not The Only One” by Sam Smith, something struck me as interesting. After hearing the intro, I thought Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were back with another power ballad, but as soon as Sam Smith’s soulful vocals kicked in, I realized my mistake. A Macklemore & Ryan Lewis-Sam Smith collaboration could prove highly successful if “Same Love” featuring Mary Lambert taught us anything. On a side note, “I’m Not The Only One” also seems like a more upbeat “Stay With Me.” Given that he’s known for his colorful blues style, it’s still an incredible song, but I think he could also succeed if he went in a vaguely Ed Sheeran direction for his next few songs, just for some diversification.